Guelph, Ont., August 22, 2018– Mayor Cam Guthrie, Councillors Cathy Downer and Mark MacKinnon, and the City’s executive team return to Guelph today after three days of meetings with members of Ontario’s new government at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference.
In the meetings, the Guelph delegation introduced provincial ministers and parliamentary assistants to key local projects such as the Guelph Innovation District redevelopment proposal, the Community Energy Initiative, and the Guelph-Wellington Smart Cities Challenge proposal. They advocated for the Province’s support for the new main library and south end community centre, better connectivity to the planned new Highway 7, interest arbitration reform, and two-way all-day GO service. A full list of meetings can be found at the following link: Guelph delegation heads to Ottawa for 16 meetings with provincial officials.
“The Guelph delegation had more meetings at this year’s AMO conference than ever before. We are building relationships with the newly-elected decision-makers at Queen’s Park, so that we can continue to move key initiatives forward over the next four years,” said Mayor Guthrie.
Added Chief Administrative Officer Derrick Thomson, “In previous years, Guelph’s advocacy efforts have secured significant results for our city – including more than $20 million in federal and provincial infrastructure funding and a commitment to two-way, all-day GO service. There is no substitute for face-to-face meetings to put Guelph on the Province’s radar.”
In addition to delegation meetings with government ministers and parliamentary assistants, the group met with representatives of the NDP and Liberal parties and with the leader of the Green Party of Ontario, Guelph’s MPP Mike Schreiner. Members of the group also attended some of the more than 70 workshops and sessions offered by AMO on topics ranging from managing legalized cannabis, to rising emergency services costs.
“The AMO conference is always a great opportunity to connect with elected officials and staff from other municipalities across Ontario,” added Mayor Guthrie. “Cities face many common challenges and opportunities, the information-sharing that happens at AMO is very helpful to Guelph.”
About the AMO conference
AMO’s annual conference is Ontario’s top educational forum for municipal governments. This year, the conference featured more than 70 sessions and workshops reflecting the broad scope of municipal responsibilities. About 1,900 participants from hundreds of municipalities and organizations participated in the conference, which took place August 19 to 22 in Ottawa.
AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments. AMO supports strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.
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